The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday it will not accept any new applications for a program that shields from deportation people who were brought to the country illegally as children, drawing criticism from immigrant rights advocates and Democrats in Congress.
Acting Secretary Chad Wolf wrote in a memo he is launching a review of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and that in addition to rejecting new applications during that time, his agency is also allowing current participants to renew their status and work permits for only one year instead of the previous two-year periods.
A third restriction will not allow existing participants to travel and re-enter the United States under a system called advanced parole, unless in cases of “exceptional circumstances.”
President Donald Trump tried to end the DACA program that was enacted by his predecessor President Barack Obama in 2012, but the Supreme Court ruled last month that the Trump administration did not follow proper procedures in shutting it down.
There are about 650,000 people who are part of DACA. To qualify, they had to have come to the United States before their 16th birthday, been in the country continuously since mid-2007, be under the age of 31 in mid-2012, have no felony or significant misdemeanor convictions, pose no national security threat, and have either a high school diploma, been enrolled in school, or have a record of service in the U.S. military.
Lone Mexican males comprise the largest demographic group of illegal aliens entering the United States in recent months, according to the latest figures from Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The number of ‘family units’ arriving at the U.S. border has steadily risen in recent years, reaching an explosive peak during Fiscal Year 2019, when 473,682 family units, hailing mostly from Central America, were apprehended by CBP.
In comparison, 301,806 single adults were apprehended during that same period.
“CBP has seen a significant shift in migration demographics from this point last year,” acting CBP chief Mark Morgan revealed. “Most illegal alien encounters between ports of entry are now single adult men from Mexico, whereas last year the majority of illegal aliens encountered were families from the Northern Triangle.”
A truck driver has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport illegal aliens after fleeing a border checkpoint and crashing a tractor-trailer with 63 foreign nationals inside, authorities say.
Leonidas Navarro, 30, of Zapata, Texas, reportedly entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court on Monday and now faces up to 10 years in prison for his role in the large human smuggling operation.
On January 21, Navarro “drove a semi-truck and trailer combination through the Laredo North Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 35. Upon inspection, a K-9 alerted to the presence of contraband in the trailer. Navarro also could not provide a bill of lading for the goods he was supposedly transporting. He was then referred to secondary inspection,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reports, citing court documents.
New York State officials who provide information about illegal alien drivers to federal immigration enforcement agencies can now face felony charges.
An amendment to the highly controversial ‘Green Light Law,’ which went into effect in December and cleared illegal aliens to apply for New York State driver’s licenses, was slipped into the state’s 2020 budget bill and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in April, in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
It is now a Class E felony for state officials, such as law enforcement officers, to disclose DMV records with agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
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The US Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously vacated the Ninth Circuit’s decision in United States v. Sineneng-Smith, a case concerning a statute that criminalizes encouraging illegal immigration for financial gain.
In 2010 a grand jury indicted Evelyn Sineneng-Smith for multiple violations of 8 USC § 1324. The law makes it a felony to “encourag[e] or induc[e] an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law.” Sineneng-Smith encouraged her clients to apply for a certification that would permit them to remain legally in the US. However, they did not qualify for the certification, and she earned over $3.3 million from her clients.
At trial, Sineneng-Smith argued that the law did not apply to her actions. The trial court rejected this argument and her claim that the law violated the First Amendment. On appeal, Sineneng-Smith did not extensively alter her arguments. Relying on three amicus curie briefs requested by the Ninth Circuit, the court ruled in Sineneng-Smith’s favor and found the law unconstitutional. The briefs reframed the issues of the case and asked questions not raised by the parties. As the court had invalidated a federal law, the US government appealed.
Writing for the court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg called Ninth Circuit’s decision an abuse of discretion. Under US common law, the parties involved in the case, not outside parties, must frame the issues. While courts possess some leeway, the Ninth Circuit overstepped its authority by focusing on what the panel thought the law might cover instead of the controversy presented by the parties.
Senator Matteo Salvini, the leader of the populist League party in Italy, has slammed Italy’s leftist-establishment government’s plans to grant amnesty to some 600,000 illegal migrants.
According to a report from the Milan-based newspaper Il Giornale, the plan – put forward by Italian Agriculture Minister Teresa Bellanova – would allow the government to issue six-month, renewable residency and work permit to the 600,000 illegal migrants.
Responding to the plan, Salvini took to Twitter, writing: “The government has announced an amnesty for illegal migrants at a time when the number of arrivals has increased by 350 percent. 136 people made landfall on Lampedusa only this evening. Italy as a migrant camp? No, thanks.”
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All illegal aliens in U.S. custody would be deported during a pandemic, if a new bill filed by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) becomes law.
Rep. Gaetz recently revealed details of the PANDEMIC (Protect American Nationals During Emergencies by Mitigating the Immigration Crisis) Act, which would compel U.S. authorities to deport illegals if a national emergency is declared due to the spread of communicable disease, such as the current coronavirus outbreak.
“It is unconscionable that at a time when we should be working together as Americans, Democrats are working to socially engineer our country and advance their legislative priorities,” Gaetz said in a statement to Fox News.
“The PANDEMIC Act puts Americans first by requiring that all illegal aliens be deported during a pandemic, ensuring our resources are used to benefit and protect American citizens.”
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An Indian national is the first illegal alien to test positive for coronavirus while in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
CBP chief Mark Morgan announced the agency’s findings on Monday, asserting the 31-year-old male was placed in quarantine before being transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), who will oversee his medical treatment.
“On Thursday, April 23, a U.S. Border Patrol agent apprehended three Mexicans nationals and one Indian national suspected of having illegally crossed the border along the U.S.-Mexico border near Calexico, California,” Morgan said in a statement.
More than 100 illegal migrants have been fetched from the English Channel by U.K. authorities since Friday, despite strict coronavirus lockdowns in both England and France.
At least 476 migrants have reached the U.K. via the Channel in April, the most on record in a single month, according to the Daily Mail.
Following a massive search-and-rescue mission involving Border Force vessels, a helicopter, and lifeboats, 13 migrants were taken to Dover on Monday, bringing the number of illegal crossers to at least 124 since the start of the weekend.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Wednesday plans to give cash payments to adult immigrants living illegally in the state to help them weather the coronavirus crisis.
The plan, which would use a mix of taxpayer money and charitable donations from corporations and philanthropists, will give 150,000 adults $500 each during the coronavirus outbreak, the governor said.
California has had an estimated 2 million immigrants living in the country illegally. They have not been eligible for the $2.2 trillion stimulus package approved by Congress last month, which pledged cash payments to most Americans while boosting unemployment benefits by $600 per week.
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